Hofstra University will celebrate its spring commencement activities on Sunday and Monday, May 15-16, 2016. Approximately 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and law students will celebrate the completion of their studies during four separate graduation exercises.
All ceremonies will take place at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, located on Hofstra’s North Campus. There will also be live webcasts of each of the ceremonies and a live Chinese audio simulcast will be available for the Graduate Ceremony at hofstra.edu/hawc .
Sunday, May 15
9 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony (Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the School of Health Professions and Human Services) featuring Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and professor of molecular medicine and neurosurgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
1 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony (Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science) featuring Seymour E. Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc.; senior managing executive officer of Canon Inc., Japan; and vice chairman of Canon Solutions America, Inc.
5 p.m. Graduate Ceremony (all schools), featuring Hofstra Trustee Michael W. Roberge ’92, co-chief executive officer, president and chief investment officer of MFS Investment Management®.
7 p.m. Maurice A. Deane School of Law Ceremony, featuring Marc L. Hamroff ’83, managing partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, and Judge A. Gail Prudenti, the School of Law’s executive director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and special advisor to Dean Eric Lane.
About the Honorees
Seymour E. Liebman, is executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc.; senior managing executive officer of Canon Inc., Japan; and vice chairman of Canon Solutions America, Inc. Mr. Liebman, who has a degree in mathematics from Hofstra University, oversees all legal affairs and corporate administration functions for Canon Americas. In 2009 he became the first non-Japanese Canon executive to be appointed as executive officer of Canon Inc. by the company’s shareholders and board of directors. In 2013 Mr. Liebman was promoted to senior executive officer of Canon Inc. In addition, he was appointed vice chairman of Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that provides sales and support for Canon and Océ hardware, software and services targeting general office, production print and large format markets in the United States. In 2016 he was promoted to senior managing executive officer of Canon Inc. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Canon BioMedical, Inc., Mr. Liebman is a member of the board of directors of Spartan Bioscience Inc. in Ottawa, Canada, and LeukoDx in Israel.
Marc L. Hamroff, JD, ’83 serves as the managing partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP and chairs the firm’s Financial Services Practice, which includes the Bankruptcy, Equipment Leasing, Secured Lending and Creditors’ Rights Groups. Mr. Hamroff provides special concentration in litigation, workout and bankruptcy matters nationwide. In his capacity as head of the Financial Services Group, he has spearheaded the representation of secured lenders, banks and lessors in a wide range of transactions. Mr. Hamroff also works closely with the firm’s Litigation Group and actively handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases, including injunction and attachment proceedings, business divorce/separation cases, and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, he regularly provides educational and strategic seminars on a multitude of issues affecting the leasing and secured lending community. Mr. Hamroff is a longstanding member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association’s Long Island Division where he currently serves as chairman. Mr. Hamroff currently serves as a special professor of law and teaches Secured Transactions at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and Business Law Advisory Committee.
Judge A. Gail Prudenti joined the Maurice A. Deane School of Law in September 2015 as executive director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and as a special advisor to Dean Eric Lane. She previously served as New York state Chief Administrative Judge and her career on the bench spanned more than two decades. During her tenure, Judge Prudenti’s achievements included reducing judicial backlogs, working to increase Family Court judgeships and helping to create a pro bono scholars program that encourages law students to pursue public service. Judge Prudenti’s career on the bench began in 1991, when she was elected to the New York state Supreme Court. A native of Suffolk County, she was the first woman elected Surrogate in the county in 1995. After six years as surrogate, she was re-elected to the Supreme Court. She served as Administrative Judge for the Tenth Judicial District, and an Associate Justice for the Second Judicial Department. In 2002, she was appointed as the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York State, the first woman to hold that position. She also was designated as a Judge of the Court of Appeals for the hearings related to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Michael W. Roberge, MBA, ’92 is co-chief executive officer, president and chief investment officer of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). As CIO, Mr. Roberge has worldwide oversight of the company’s investment management and research divisions and also helps set investment and general business strategy. He serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a member of its management committee. Mr. Roberge was named president of MFS in January 2010, CIO in July 2010, and co-CEO in 2015. His previous duties, which he assumed in 2006, included serving as chief investment officer – U.S. investments and co-director of global research. Prior to joining MFS, Mr. Roberge was a municipal credit analyst and portfolio manager for the Colonial Group from 1995 to 1996, and was a credit analyst with Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. from 1991 to 1994. He is a chartered financial analyst and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, Inc. He serves on Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees and was honored with an award for Alumni Achievement in 2014.
Dr. Kevin J. Tracey is president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and professor of molecular medicine and neurosurgery at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He is a leader in the study of the molecular basis of inflammation. He and his colleagues identified the neural mechanism for controlling the immunological responses to infection and injury, and developed devices to replace anti-inflammatory drugs in clinical trials of rheumatoid arthritis, a new field termed bioelectronic medicine. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an honorary degree from the Karolinska Institute, Dr. Tracey is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is co-founder and councilor of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Dr. Tracey delivers lectures nationally and internationally on inflammation, sepsis, the neuroscience of immunity, and bioelectronic medicine. He is the author of Fatal Sequence (Dana Press) and more than 320 scientific papers.
Undergraduate Ceremonies: Seating for the undergraduate ceremonies will be limited due to the size of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Each spring undergraduate will receive 6 assigned seat tickets. Requests for extra tickets can be obtained by placing your name in a lottery. If extra tickets become available, you will be contacted via email and the tickets will be ready for pick up in Room 112 Student Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
Graduate and Law Ceremonies: There are no tickets.
Directions to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4 – Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Pass Nassau Coliseum and travel under the first overhead walk way. Once you pass the first overhead walk way you will make your first right turn onto campus at the traffic light. Go to your second stop sign and make a right turn. The Mack Sports Complex will be a ¼ of a mile on your right hand side.
There are assigned parking areas for the two Undergraduate Ceremonies. There will be signage and Hofstra Public Safety officers directing traffic.
There are no parking restrictions for the Graduate and Law ceremonies.
For additional information on commencement activities, such as eligibility, robing and diplomas, please visit hofstra.edu/commencement or call the Commencement office at (516) 463-4346. In the event of a severe weather event, please call the weather hotline (516) 463-SNOW regarding the status of the ceremony.
For information on media coverage, please call the office of University Relations at (516) 463-6819.